FOOD What is LCHF?
Everything you need to know to get started on a low carb, high fat diet
EVER heard the term LCHF? Chances are if you want to lose weight you have, and a new book makes changing to a Low Carb High Fat diet easy and a genuine option that many people have taken up. We’ve also got three great recipes to share PLUS three copies of the book to be won!
The skinny on LCHF
This (skinny) section is the cheat’s guide for those who wanted to start yesterday, or those who don’t have time to read the whole book. Or those who just want to know what all the fuss is about.
What is LCHF?
◆ LCHF typically stands for Low Carb, High Fat, but we have renamed it Low Carb, Healthy Fat. We feel that this better reflects what it’s all about. While we do want you to eat more fat than you are probably used to, the emphasis is on healthy sources of fat. LCHF is not a “diet”; it is a way of life. This book covers the benefits you’ll reap and the reasons behind the stunning successes from eating and living the Low Carb, Healthy Fat way.
◆ The LCHF lifestyle encompasses a way of eating that embraces whole foods – foods that are minimally processed and generally don’t come in packages. If you truly embrace this way of eating, it will naturally end up being lower in carbohydrate and higher in fat than the current, mainstream way of eating. While there is an element of restriction (as there is with whatever you do in life), it is not about deprivation.
Why should YOU do it?
LCHF has many different advantages, both for yourself and for your family. Here are the top five you might identify with. Do you want to:
◆ Lose weight and keep it off for good? Have you tried to lose weight before but then put the weight back on again (along with some more)?
◆ Have a healthy relationship with food? Do you constantly feel hungry and beat yourself up when you eat foods you shouldn’t?
◆ Improve inflammatory health conditions? Do you suffer from aches and pains and inflammation for which you have to rely on medications for improvements?
◆ Break free of that “tired and run-down” feeling?
Are you busy, feel permanently exhausted and regularly reach for unhealthy food?
◆ Live better for longer? Do you simply want to “be the best you can be” in health and in life? Do you want to be able to provide food for yourself and your family that is tasty, nourishing and easy? If you find yourself nodding your head when you read this list, then LCHF is definitely for you.
Why LCHF works
◆ If you gain weight easily, feel lethargic, stressed and are out of shape, the chances are you are insulin resistant and intolerant to carbs. LCHF is the best approach for managing insulin resistance. ◆ When you can control your blood sugars and the hormones that control your energy levels and weight (especially insulin), your body will respond by working as it was designed to – as a fat-burning machine!
◆ Weight control will become effortless, your energy levels will be better and you will feel great – free at last from the low-fat calorie-counting way of living that left you hungry, sick and tired. ◆ What raises glucose and insulin levels? Carbohydrate, of course. We all vary in how we respond to and tolerate carbs. Finding your particular carb-tolerance level means your blood sugar and insulin will be well controlled.
◆ Good-quality carbs from whole foods that are minimally processed, such as vegetables, fruit, dairy products and the occasional legume (beans and pulses).
◆ Protein from minimally processed meat, fish, chicken, eggs, dairy products, nuts, seeds and legumes (beans and pulses).
◆ Fat from whole, plant and animal sources, including avocado, olive oil, nuts, fatty fish, dairy and coconut products.
What shouldn’t I eat?
◆ Refined and processed junk foods containing sugar. ◆ Refined, nutrient-poor, packaged carbohydrate based foods, including most grains such as breads, cereals, pasta, rice, muesli bars and crackers. An edited excerpt from What the Fat? by Prof. Grant Schofield, Dr Caryn Zinn and Craig Rodger (Echo Publishing |
February 2017 | $29.99)